Fam­ily, friends, team­mates say fi­nal good­bye to Halladay

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - FRED GOODALL CLEAR­WA­TER, FLA. —

Two-time Cy Young Award win­ner Roy Halladay was re­mem­bered Tues­day as an amaz­ing husband, fa­ther, friend and team­mate who was one of the best pitch­ers of his gen­er­a­tion but an even bet­ter man.

A “Cel­e­bra­tion of Life for Roy Halladay” at­tracted more than 1,000 peo­ple to Spec­trum Field, the spring train­ing home of the Philadel­phia Phillies, one of two fran­chises Halladay played for dur­ing a stel­lar 16-year ca­reer.

“The man made the ballplayer,” Phillies owner John Mid­dle­ton said, “not the other way around.”

Halladay died Nov. 7 at age 40 when his plane crashed. An eight­time all-star who pitched a per­fect game and a play­off no-hit­ter, Halladay played 12 sea­sons for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1998 to 2009 and four for the Phillies from ’09 to ’13, go­ing 203-105 with a 3.38 ca­reer ERA.

The pub­lic me­mo­rial be­gan with a video trib­ute and ended with Halladay’s wife, Brandy, stand­ing on the mound and re­leas­ing but­ter­flies.

“He was awe-strik­ing. He was beau­ti­ful inside and out. With­out say­ing a word, he seemed to al­ways have just the right thing to say,” she said.

YONG KIM, PHILADEL­PHIA INQUIRER

Brandy Halladay, mid­dle, wife of late pitcher Roy Halladay, along with hers sons Braden, left, and Ryan re­lease but­ter­flies.

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